I love this video for three reasons. 1. I am not against exams but I do believe that we need to make sure we allow students to show their knowledge in many ways. A test result is not the sole measure of intelligence (especially if students are graded on the curve). 2. Spoken poetry is a great English-related activity to do with students. 3. Spoken poetry is a great way to get students involved in social justice issues or to explore their interests.
We need to find ways to engage students and engagement is not found on a piece of paper, whether that paper has an ‘A’ or a ‘B’ or an ‘F.’ Learning is more than an exam, it is lifelong!